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Watch Out For This Weight Loss Pitfall

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It’s hard to lose weight and keep it off. But there’s another health hazard you need to watch out for if you’re trying to lose weight.

A study at Drexel University shows that if you’ve lost a great deal of weight and are trying to keep off those vanished pounds, you are at an added risk of encountering an eating disorder like binge eating, bulimia or anorexia.

The research demonstrates that if you are now at a much lower weight than you used to be, your body may rebel against its new slimness and push you into disordered eating.

“If the patient’s body somehow ‘remembers’ that past higher weight, then even at the minimally healthy body weight she is still going to be struggling mightily to maintain her weight,” says researcher Michael Lowe. “That perspective is new. It suggests that future treatments might work toward finding a healthier ‘balance point’ between what patients once weighed and what they currently weigh.”

So even if you are satisfied with a weight loss program, you may need therapeutic help making sure your eating doesn’t become warped by your body’s new physiological reality.

Carl Lowe

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.